Ageing

Having recently celebrated another birthday I thought I would go and see what I have in my collections in regards to getting older.  And these are a few of the quotes that I came up with.

For some of us, age has a way of creeping up on us; and this first quote would seem to indicate the way age can come upon some of us.

 

“Time has laid his hand upon my heart, gently not smiting it; but as a Harper lays his open palm upon his harp to deaden its vibrations.”

Henry W Longfellow

The next one I have found is in point form and has some funny but true points.  I have had it in my collection for a long time now. And is titled –

You Know You Are Getting Old When . . .

Everything hurts, . . . And what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

The gleam in your eye is the sun on your bifocals .

You feel like the morning after, but you haven’t been anywhere!

Your little black book only has names ending in M.D.

You get winded playing cards

You join a health club, but don’t go.

Your children begin to look middle age.

A dripping tap causes an uncontrollable urge.

You know all the answers, but nobody asks the questions!

You look forward to a dull evening.

You need glasses to find your glasses

You turn out the light for economy, instead of romance.

You sit in a rocking chair, but can’t make it go.

Your knee’s buckle, but your belt won’t!

Your back goes out more times than you do.

You put your Bra on back to front, and it fits better.

Your house is too big and your medicine cabinet is not big enough

You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there!

Your birthday cake sinks under the weight of the candles.

And when the candles are lit, the fire brigade comes

I hope you had a bit of a laugh at some of the points made in this quote, I know I did.  And some of them I can relate to. . . Can you?

While not directly relating to ageing these next couple of quotes remind us that there is a purpose to how we live our lives and the way we look at our lives. First is one from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking at this quote it reminds me that my life is not the focus of my life.  It what happens along the way.  The experiences I have and how my life impacts on others that is what should be important to each of us.  Perhaps that is why I like our next and final quote for today.  From Thomas S Monson we have this –

“Life’s journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls and snares. Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us.  To make them wisely, courage is needed; the courage to say no, the courage to say yes.  Decisions do determine destiny.”

Thomas S Monson

Decisions not only effect our destinies, they can effect how we enjoy our lives and how we impact those around us. Whether it be a positive impact or a negative one, it is our choice.

But that’s enough from me for now. So I will bid all adieu for now. Till next time.

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Once again I thought I would just have a look around my quote collections and see where it would take me.  First off the page is a quote which strikes a chord with me is one that deals with how we behave or our behaviour.

 

“We are not just our behaviour, we are the person managing our behaviour.”

One of the things that has always bugged me is that people do something that will be considered wrong or is wrong.  And then make the excuse that they can’t help it or find some other excuse as to why they did it or said it. They do not take ownership for their behaviour or response.  And this at times irks me something terrible.

Next off the rank is another quote which is similar to the previous quote but approachs the topic from a different direction.

“The difference between a child and adult is not years, rather it’s a willingness to accept resposibility, to be responsible for it’s own actions.”

Now to take a completely different tack.  Our next quote comes from a gentleman by the name of William Ralph Inge, an Anglican priest and prolific author.

“In nature their are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.”

William Ralph Inge

Well thats all from me for now.  I will bid Adieu for now, so have fun until next time.

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I’ve had to do some reorganizing in one of my Quote books and there were some quotes that I thought that I would share with you today.

 

“Life’s journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls, and snares. Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed; the courage to say no; the courage to say yes.  Decisions do determine destiny.”

Thomas S Monson

As most of us know; our daily life is not always straight forward, nor is it a bed of roses, or maybe it is, since roses do have thorns, (most types do).  So we often have to make decisions based on the information we have to hand at the time.  Not all of them will be the right decision, but we can always reassess that decision when we have further information.

To follow another line of thought I came across two quotes from one of my favorite comedians, Robin Williams, taken from his character in the movie, “Dead Poets Society,”

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams

This is so true.  History shows what idea’s and words can do.  All the tools, inventions, Technology etc, come because of an idea that some one has had. e.g. Thomas Edison – The electric light bulb.  The same is true of words, one of the greatest playwrights of the western world; William Shakespeare, is great example of the power of words in our modern age.  Words have the power to uplift us or bring us down, words do carry weight let no one try to convince you otherwise.

Also this quote, again from “Dead Poets Society,” but this time talking about the pupose of education.

“I thought the purpose of education was to learn to think for yourself.”

 

– Dead Poets Society                                                                           Robin Williams

Well thats all from me for now, Adieu till the next time.

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The other day I was adding some quotes to one of my collections and I came across some Quotes that i had forgotten that I had, which by the way would have been uselful for another assignment that I had worked on the other day.

They all dealt with Family History, and I thought that I would share them here. Being a family historian myself I find these very applicable.  To start us off here is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.”

  Ralph Waldo Emerson

To me this quote says that we are who we are because of who our parents & grandparents, etc, are, in other words if you want to know why you have certain looks and or health issues, look at the lives of your ancestors for the answers.  Our next quote also emphasises that while also infering that we will pass on the same things plus more to our own descendants.  It comes from a gentleman by the name of Edward Selner.

“We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise.”

 Edward Sellner

The following quote illustrates one reason why we do Family History.  It comes in the form of a chinese proverb.

“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.”

 Chinese Proverb

To close off our quotes for today I have included a quote from Jeremy Hardy which illustrates one the more facinating aspects of doing Family History.

“The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities.”

 Jeremy Hardy

Thats all from me for now, so i hope you find these quotes useful and informative. have fun, till next time.

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Hi people today I thought that I would just pick a few quotes at random from my collections, (opening the books and flipping pages to see where we end up)

First off the rack is a quote I have in a file on my computer.  In a way it deals with our ability to cope with any and all situations that we may find ourselves in as we go through life.  It starts like this –

“The size of your problems is nothing compared with your ability to solve them.  Don’t overestimate your problems, and don’t underestimate yourself.”

To me this quote is saying that instead of just jumping into trying solve our problems or challenges in life, no matter what they are or how big they seem to be.  It is better to take time to look at the challenge or problem from all angles and bring what resources we can to bear on resolving them. Often a problem can be broken down into smaller parts and that way it doesn’t seem as big or as insurmountable as it first appeared.

Next from the same source comes a quote from Walt Disney, artist, filmmaker, entrepreneur and businessman.

“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”

Walt Disney

This should be self explanatory, if you have done all that you feel that you can for a particular task, then worrying about it won’t change anything.

From another collection this one stood out to me as I was flipping pages.

“In any fight it is not only what you can do, it is where and how you do it.  An enemy has many fronts, and if one seems impregnable, attack on another.”

In reading this quote many of us would think that it only applies to the tactics that you would use in a battle or fight situation.  But my thinking is that it can also apply it to any difficult situation that we may find ourselves in. In fact it reminds me of another quote.

“When on door closes another opens, but we often stare so long at the one that has closed that we don’t see the one that has opened.”

Well that is all from me today so I bid you Adieu.  Have a great day, until next time.

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At the end of last year my wife and I were searching our local shops for suitable calender’s to put on our walls, my wife found one for the kitchen and dining area fairly easily, but we couldn’t decide on one for my area.  Then my wife found the ideal calendar for my area.  It had beautiful scenic photo’s and quotes for each month.  The quote for the month of January I would like to share with you here.

 

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

Like any journey you have to make a start, whether it is planning on where you want to go or the goals you want to reach in your life, you have to take the first step in achieving or going on your journey. Whatever that may be.

In my last post I gave a few quotes on setting goals and achieving them.  I would like to continue that them here with a couple of related quotes. Sometimes when we are working on our goals events our situations arise that may cause us to get discouraged in pursuing our goals.  Here a couple of quotes that may be of use to you.

“There is always more than one chance – every dawn offers a new beginning.”

Just because you didn’t achieve all that you set out to do today, doesn’t mean that you won’t achieve or finish those tasks tomorrow.  Also sometimes when thing look bleak and you can’t see your way forward or there seems to be something stopping you from achieving your goals, the next thought is something to keep in mind for those moments.

“When one door closes another opens, but we often stare so long at the one that has closed that we don’t see the one that has opened”

Just remember –

“There is always a way to do it, let’s find out.”

So that is all from me to today, so I bid you Adieu until next time.

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Well it’s that time of year once again when everyone is thinking about and considering what goals they are going to set either for themselves or and their families. My wife and I are in the process of doing that just now.

Keeping that in mind I would like to share with you a few of my favorite quotes in regards to setting goals and a few others I feel are appropriate.

To start off, and something we all need to remember:

 

“Nothing can be changed until we face it.”

Now the next two quotes are my favorites. And I always keep them in mind when I think of settting new goals.  First is one by Spencer W Kimble, former Apostle and President of “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.”

“Goals should always be made to a point that will make us reach and strain.  Success should not necessarily be gauged by always reaching the goal set, but by progress and attainment.”

Spencer W Kimball

I like this quote simply because it remnds me of  the need to set realistic goals and that even though I may not achieve the goal itself, I can measure my success by how far I have progressed in reaching that goal.

Our next quote goes in conjunction with the previous quote in that once you have set a goal you need to monitor your progress. This quote comes from Oscar Leslie Stone, better known as O Leslie Stone a  general authority of “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.”

“We must constantly review the past, determine our present status, and set goals for the future.  Without this process there is little chance of reaching one’s objectives.”

O Leslie Stone

Which brings us to the last quote of the day.  I came across this particular quote in a book I read once which dealt briefly on, among other things, setting goals. No author was attributed to the quote, which goes like this –

“A goal not written is only a wish.”

In other words unless you write down your goals, they are only wishful thinking. One other thing I would like to say in regards to setting goals is that when you write your goals down, you should put them where you can see them, (I like to put my written goals in the area that I spend the most time in), so that you can be reminded of the goals you have set yourself.

That is enough from me for now, so once again I bid you Adieu till next time.

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